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The race for governor in Minnesota provided the most visible nailbiter of Election Night, but incumbent Tim Pawlenty pulled out a re-election bid by just 22,000 votes over Attorney General Mike Hatch. Independence Party member Peter Hutchinson finished a distant third, but retained major-party status for the Independents.

But Pawlenty's second term looks to be significantly different with the loss of every other Republican in the executive branch and the DFL success in gaining control of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Walt E. Brown (Quit Raising Taxes)

Leslie Davis (American Party)

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The Money Race

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Tim Pawlenty $2,027,650
Mike Hatch $1,023,446
Peter Hutchinson $16,210
Becky Lourey $9,000

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DFL gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch is blasting the state's largest newspaper for a story that hasn't been published. He claims the Star Tribune is trying to dig up dirt on his family. (07/24/2006)
DFL Attorney General candidate Matt Entenza says he's horrified and embarrassed by revelations that a Chicago firm he hired dug for dirt on current DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch. He says he will apologize to Hatch, his fellow Democrat, the party's endorsed candidate for governor. (07/13/2006)
Republican Party officials are calling on two of the state's top Democrats to come clean on an apparent feud between them. (07/12/2006)
The DFL-endorsed candidates for U.S. Senate and governor say they're focusing on the November general election, and the Republicans running in the race. But Amy Klobuchar and Mike Hatch must first get through the September primary, and both face primary challengers who claim to have stronger positions on the issues. (07/05/2006)
Gov. Pawlenty has outlined a plan to provide free in-state college tuition to Minnesota's top high school students. Pawlenty says an estimated 16,000 students could benefit in the first year. DFL critics say the Republican governor has had an election-year conversion on higher education issues. (06/27/2006)
Peter Hutchinson easily won endorsement from Independence Party delegates for governor. Hutchinson says he offers an alternative to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mike Hatch, calling them "the most polarizing candidates in recent memory." (Midday, 06/26/2006)
Mike Hatch announced former state auditor and one-time Republican Judi Dutcher as his running mate Sunday, as Democratic supporters touted the electoral math they hope will propel the two to the governor's office this fall. (06/25/2006)
Winning the Independence Party endorsement for governor was no problem for public policy consultant Peter Hutchinson Saturday. (06/24/2006)
Minnesota's Independence Party holds its state convention at Midway Stadium in St. Paul Saturday. Two candidates for governor are promising campaigns that will reach out to disgruntled voters. (06/22/2006)
Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson reached into the doctor's office to find a campaign trail companion, naming physician and ex-health company executive Dr. Maureen Reed as his running mate Thursday. (06/15/2006)
Former state Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson is running for governor under the Minnesota Independence Party banner. He discusses the issues in the campaign. (Midday, 06/15/2006)
The five-year low is a cause for celebration for Gov. Tim Pawlenty who touted it Tuesday as another sign of an economy on the right track. (06/13/2006)
Attorney General Mike Hatch secured the DFL endorsement for governor on Saturday, but one of his challengers, state Sen. Beck Lourey, is taking Hatch on in the primary. Hatch talks about his primary and general election prospects. (Midday, 06/13/2006)
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is the DFL endorsed candidate for governor. Hatch won the endorsement on Saturday in Rochester, beating out state Senators Becky Lourey and Steve Kelley. The endorsement makes Hatch the clear frontrunner to take on Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty but he will have to win the DFL primary first. (06/11/2006)
Klobuchar easily won the backing of the vast majoirity of delegates to the state DFL convention underway this weekend in Rochester, winning on the first ballot with 78 percent of the vote. (06/09/2006)